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REPORTS OF COUNTY C'
Reports from the following counties are attached:
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The Alachua County Council of Home Demonstration Work sends greetings to the
State Council and wishes to submit the following report:
The membership of the Alachua"County Council is made up of four clubs. yWhen
the Council meets in July,. a.new club, recently organized, will-be added to the
council roster. Another club, to whom invitation had been extended for the .past
year, sent representatives to the April council meeting. Indications are that
this club will join the council at the next quarterly meeting.
During the past year the council hIas paid its State Council dues and has con-
tributed four dollars, to the scholarship fund. From its treasury the Council
drew enough money to meet the expenses of its president and council delegate to
the State Council-leeting. A County Record Book has been submitted to the State
SPiOGRAI OF WRK.
oromen of the Alachua County Council have fully realized what the Live At Home
program meant to them and their families,'and now they are trying to extend this.
teaching to all vwho live about them or come their way as they know that well
nourished, 'comfortably housed, happy, satisfied people will furnish the strongest
line of defense in the trouble that seems to lie all about us.
Some of the things that are being done to bring these conditions about are:
Better cared for gardens to fill the containers for that budgeted pantry
that our conservation specialist, I iss Thursby, has so earnestly placed before
us for a long time. There is more concern about balancing the family meals,
taking stock of the family' health and seeing to it that every member of the.
family is learning to eat the foods that keep one feeling fit and ambituous
enough to tackle eay job that lies before them. Homes that are comfortable,
adequate and beautiful are being striven for by our women, T iss I core, State
Home Improvement Specialist, has inspired us, and we are determined to make what
we have at hand more useful and beautiful. It is needless to say that we.are
getting many practical helps from iss Belcher's fine clothing and textile sug-
gestions. 'In some. of the school lunch rooms our county hone demonstration women
have given valuable assistance because of liss Sikes' good teaching. Specialists
on some of the above subjects have been present at quarterly council meetings to
speak on these subjects.
COUNCIL A1JD CLUB ACTIVITIES.
1. In October, the council was hostess to an informal "get-together" for the
State Workers and l'ome Demonstration Agents.
2. The 12th annual Zinnia Show was held on June 28th and programs for -the 13th
Annual Zinnia Show are already printed..
3. The, president and 'secretary attended the 7hite House Conference Institute
held in Gainesville, February 13 and a report of this meeting was given at
the April meeting.
4. The president also attended an afternoon session of the Rural Youth
5. There were 86 cotton mattresses made,
6. Two clubs sponsored community fairs, one club clearing over $200.00 for
7. Two clubs conducted pantry tours.
8. One club under the direction of the home improvement chairman held an exhibit
of articles made for the home at the April Council meeting. Great credit
goes to this chairman who: succeeded.in getting the cooperation of every
member of this club in. king something.for this exhibit,
9. One club made 20 dresses and 30 baby kimonas for the American Red Cross
while individual members of other clubs have helped in this work also.
10. Two women from one club have sold 3,303 containers of jelly, valued at
11. '7e have had several canning demonstrations at the club-house, including one
by the Kerr-Mason demonstrator and one by Burpee'ean saa1br :demonstrator.
Respedtfully, submitted,..- .t
Mrs. Thelma Brown, President
Mrs. Vera Cellon, Delegate
The Brevard Senior Home Demonstration Council sends greetings to the State
Council, and wishes to report the following:
For seven years the 'County Council of the Home Demonstration Clubs of
Brevard County has met quarterly to report and to discuss ways and means for the
betterment of our homes, and a broader outlook on life. And this year with the
words IATIO16L DEFENSE staring us in the face, we feel the importance of our
task more keenly than ever,
With our. seven clubs functioning at regular intervals, our County cannot
help but be more conscious of the LIVE AT HOME PROGRMI, and too, the contacts
which these gatherings afford, not only bring about a oneness of aim, but cement
friendships and acquaintances that could be created in no other way.
As we were to major in Housing this year, it was a great pleasure to have
Miss Virginia Foore, who has had .broad and varied experience along this line.
Our County Agent too; afforded every effort possible to make this subject of
especial interest to the various members by pictures, tours, talks, etc.
Tiss Ethyl Holloway met with our Council in April and outlined for us the
Mistakes we made in the last war what we can expect in this one what we can
do about it. She worked out with us a list of the things our Agent does in a
month under normal conditions what she will be expected to do during the de-
fense era what we, as Club members, may do to make her efforts more worthwhile,-
"Our Part in National Defense"6
Iiss Clarine Belcher has given outstanding help in her line, and the fre-
quent Dress Revues show that her efforts have done much to inspire our Club'Folk
to be more conscious of thuir personal appearance, and, by making their own
garments, to be able to DRESS BET1l FOR LESS.
Miss Isabelle S. Thursby came to the County for her preliminary trip and con-
ferred, with' our Agent as to what we should undertake as a demonstration for 1941.
They decided on the, slogan "A Kitchen Garden in Every Demonstratidn Home". A
fow demonstration frame gardens will be set up to see what you can:d6 to over-
come poor soil,, drouth and hot sun.
Outstanding Efforts in Our Club.This Year Have Been l
1. We have followed State and County Progdramof Work at every meeting of eaoh
2. Sponsoring the distribution of mattresses to entitled families.
3. One of our members had the distinction of getting a trip to Chicago, on effort
4. Effort with 4-H Group. One member was advisor to the County Council one
was leader of a local club. .
5. .ade Record Book, and letting the various clubs have it in their midst., that,
the members have time to -acquaint themselves more fully With the work..
6. Especial effort has been put forth with the various Fairs of the State and
County to further our aims.
7. Our County Publicity Chairman has kept Council work before the public at .all
times. Notice attached publication.
8. Effort for outside speakers and talent to stimulate interest.
9. Writing of letters to members who have had sadness, or who have done out-
standing work in the Club.
10. Tried to continue.to help the Specialty l:arket to serve our County better.
11. Specialized in Home Improver.ent throughout the year, holding eight meetings
on the home.
12. Held a moving picture of a model house (by the Celotex people) in cooperation
with lumber dealers, contractors and architects. Lunch served afterwards. :
13." Building talks .illustrated at every meeting.
14. A sight-seeing tour in the interest of better homes, in every club in the
15. Through cooperation with the.Florida Power & Light Co. four of our clubs had
their lighting expert in to demonstrate how to modernize old equipment'at
little .cost. He also showed a movinr; picture.
16* The lumber-yards in each community cooperated with our Agent, loaning her
samples of all kinds of building materials for the meetings.
Mrs. J. I. Growder, President.
Broward County does not have a Senior Council, but work among women is con-
ducted through two organized clubs and through many individually enrolled
women ip Pompmumities throughout the county. The clubs are the Hollywood Home
Demonstration Club with a membership of twenty-four and the Fort Lauderdale
Home Demonstration Club with fifty two on the roll. .Both of these clubs have
small yearly dpes.
These clubs held monthly meetings for business and study program and at least
one work meeting of-some type regularly each month. Extra special meetings have
been held for work as the need arose. In October representatives of these clubs
met to make plans for coordinating the county program and there has been an
interchange of attendance at their exhibits and meetings which may lead to the
formation of a council in another year.
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One of the goals of Home Demonstration women is to acquaint newcomers with
the tropical fruits and to encourage everyone living in the county to grow a
year round fruit supply to the limit of their space. This has included the study
of new fruits, and methods of preparing, saving and conserving tropical fruits.
Some fruit is featured at every meeting and.two fruit planting home tours have
been conducted. Mr. S. J. Lynch, horticulturist at the Sub Tropical Experiment
Station at Homestead, set up an educational exhibit at the Broward County Fair
and the Ft. Lauderdale Home Demonstration women acted as hostesses to explain
iti to the public* -
Our county was very fortunate in having the assistance of fiss Clarine
Belcher, Extension Specialist in Clothing, who worked with us on two different
occasions. In clothing construction, programs were'given on pattern selection
and adjustment with ten women making basic patterns for themselves and two con-
structing their own dress forms.as demonstrations. In household textiles one
quilt exhibit was held which featured sixty-three quilts and Miss Belcher gave
helpful demonstrations in selection and construction of slip covers and curtains
and draperies. Plans are being made to cooperate in the home furnishing of one
of the new low cost housing homes during the coming year as a thrift demonstration
in household textiles.
Home Improvement and craft work have featured many work meetings, both at
regular work meeting dates and at extra classes conducted by members in small
groups. This has included tile top tables using scrap tile, tooled copper, etched
aluminum frays, pine needle basketry, raffia costume accessories; charm strings
of tropical seed pods. This type of work has helped rnany women with the furnish-
ings of their own homes, has made it possible for them to give distinctive,gifts,
and in many cases has trained women to produce a saleable article which has
added to the family income.
Members of the Fort Lauderdale Club have assisted with the cotton nattress
program in the county. One hundrk:d and sixty-eight mattresses have been made.
This has stimulated more interest in better beds among those not eligible for the
mattress materials which have been supplied to low income families.
A number of public exhibits of Home Demonstration work have been made. The
Fourth Broward County Tropical Christmas wreath exhibit had one hundred and twenty-
two entries and used 'fifty-two different kinds of plant materials. The educat-
ional value of this is primarily in arousing interest of the people in the native
and cultivated plants and in teaching names of plants. The quality of the wreaths
this year showed marked improvement. This may have been partly due to the fact
that commercial wreath foundations were used.
The 2ollywood Home Demonst'ration Clubts annual exhibit included all phases of
Home Demonstration work and even though it was open for only one afternoon, it
attracted a large attendance. A large section in the Broward County Fair was
largely the work of home demonstration women. The fact that :-ostesses were with
the exhibit-at all tines to explain tropical fruits, craft articles, and give in-
formation about canning and tropical plants added greatly to the educational value
of the Fair. This Fair is conducted by the American Legion. 'In return the
American Legion has allowed the Ft. Lauderdale Fome Demonstration Club the use of
their building for all work ; etings.
All home demonstration women have agreed to do some Red cross' or other war
relief sewing or hospital dressing work. 'Both clubs have given moral support to
the 4-H program in the county, and four leaders are Home Demonstration members.
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Home Demonstration women are represented on the Defense Council and are ready to
cooperate in every c6nmunity enterprise.
S. 'rs. E. R. Bernard, President.
For Lauderdale Home Demonstration Club.
f CALHOUN COUNTY
The Calhoun County Home Demonstration Council wishes to submit the following
report for'the year 1940-41.
Quarterly council meetings were held at different clubs with representation
from every club at each meeting.
Three clubs, Ocheessee, Red Oak and Chipola were reorganized with a total
membership of 50.
Council members attended Farmer's Institute at Camp Timpoochee in July, and
the council also sponsored a woman's camp at Baacon Pill.
The Council was responsible for the Home Demonstration exhibit at the county
fair. Other exhibits were shown at Achievement Day on ? ay 17th.
To date 878 mattresses have been completed; material for 360 mattresses and
500 comforts is on hand and will be made up shortly, Council delegates have super-
vised the work in their communities. in order to finish more quickly.
Frink club has finished paying for its clubhouse and Clarkville and Carr clubs
have started working for their community houses.
The Council is sponsoring a better bedrooms project whereby one woman in
each club will improve her bedroom as a demonstration. Each club member is
asked to make a pair of bedroom curtains. The council is also urging all members
to produce and conserve more foodstuffs and to increase the supply of poultry and
The Council has paid expenses for the delegates attending the State Ieeting
and has paid council and scholarship dues for the current year.
Martha lt7cLellan, Vice-President
The Senior Council of Citrus County extends greetings and wishes to submit
the following report.
The three organized clubs in the county are doing splendid work. At each
Council meeting representative women from: each community attend and carry home to
the others of the community information and inspiration for better "live at home"
projects. Each of the three clubs have sponsored school lunch rooms the past
term of school.
The women have entered hearily into the mattress making program and a num-
ber of mattresses have been completed.
Ours has been a nutritional program this year and it was a source of profit
and pleasure to have yiss Thur,sby and I iss Sikes with us during the year.
The Council sponsored the annual flower show which grows better and bigger
Tie feel the need of cooperation of the men of our families in successfully
carrying out the "Live at Home" program, and have invited the farm agent of our
county to work with us to this end. One of our foremost aims for the ensuing
year is to have a record book to enter at next State Council .Meeting.,
Mrs. R. 17. Spires, President
'rs. fargaret Cason, Delegate
Columbia County Council of Senior Home Demonstration Clubs wishes to submit
'the following report:
Four regular all day meetings have been held with one of the Senior Clubs
serving as hostess for the day. The mornings have been devoted to reports and
business sessions and the afternoon to educational and recreational programs.
I'uch interest has been shown in the meetings of the council and attendance has
The resignation of our Home Demonstration Agent, 'iss Ruth Durrenberger, in
July was accepted with regret by all club members. In appreciation for all that
she had done in promoting and reorganizing Eome Demonstration 'Tork in the County,
the Council presented her with two place settings in her silver pattern at the
July Council meeting.
Fiss Margaret Alford was welcomed as the new Agent at this meeting.
'A committee .composed of two representatives from each club working with the
Home Demonstration Agent made out the Program of Tork for the year using for its
theme better family living through a more adequate food supply,
The Council has assisted in the carrying out of this program by the sponsor-
ing of all events of County wide interest,
Several members attended the North 7est Florida Farm and Home Institute held
at Camp Cherry Lake in August.
A'County-wide Clothing meeting was sponsored in July with Miss Clarine
Belcher, Extension Specialist in Te;xtiles and Clothing, giving a demonstration on
Personal Grooming and discussing points to be considered i.n the selection of
accessories., Several Home Demonstration Club members participated in a Fashion
Revue modeling dresses they had cut.under the direction of riss Belcher at a
The feature of the day at the October Council meeting was the judging of the
twenty-six entries in the three-jar contest, irrs. M. C. Houser of the 'ason
Club, who placed first also received first honorable mentions in the State
.Three County-wide meetings in Food Conservation were sponsored showing the
canning of meat and spring vegetables.
A standard container for all Home Demonstration Canning displays has been
adopted and much interest has been shown in both canning for exhibit purposes
and home 'se. Approximately fifteen steam pressure cookers have been purchased
by Hoer Demonstration club members.
The Council sponsored a food concession at the County Fair in November real-
lizing a profit of $197.53. Since this is an annual affair (,30.00 was invested
in permanent equipment for the concession.
Home Demonstration Club members assisted tha agent in checking in and ar-
ranging an educational display on the Cotton attress Program and entered it
in competition with educational displays of other organizations..
A tour to the State Fair at Ta-"pa was sponsored by the Council in February
with twenty-three members participating. This proved to be quite educational
and inspirational to all.
The Council. has sponsored 4-l Club work throughout the year and made:a
contribution of .C20~00 to the 4-- Scholarship Fund for Scholarship trips to
outstanding Club riembers to the 4-H Short Course and County 4-H Camp.
Increased interest has been shown in REA activities with sixty-five miles
of line being recently completed in addition to the first unit of REA work which
has been in operation for approximately a year and a half. EIany of our Home
Demonstration Fembers are nor enjoying the use of time and labor saving devices
in their homes and on their farms.
At the close of the Council year a steam pressure cdoker was presented to
the Council President in appreciation for her leadership. throughout the year.
An all-purpose table was given to the Home Demonstration Agent in appreciation
for her assistance and guidance with the Home Demonstration Program.
.A Rural Flower Show was held by Senior members in connection.with the
Achievement Day Program of Junior Home Demonstration Club members with the
Senior group acting as hostesses'at-a reception to which the general public was
In making out the budget for the year the Council made a contribution of
$25.00 to thle Lake Shore Hospital Fund; $20.00 to the 4-H Scholarship Fund;
$15.00 for purchase of a camera to be used for all Kome Demonstration activities;
and '24.00 to cover expenses of two delegates to the State Council meeting,
The State Council Dues and contribution to the Scholarship Fund for the
year have also been paid in full. The Council is looking forward to a suc-
cessful year in 1942,
Mrs. Ralph 3rwin, President
I!rs. Guy Yoore, Delegate.
The Dade County Council of Hote Demonstration Work brings its greetings
and best wishes for a fine meeting to the-StateStaff, and to all officers and,
delegates of the State Council, and.wishes to submit the following report of
work done in 1940-41.
I. County Program of Tork .
We have continued to make the State Program of 17ork, with its live-
at-home demonstrations, our guide in making plans. In order to adapt this
general outline to our county needs we have.had discussion groups in all com-
munity clubs and the Council helped to consolidate these needs into a timely and
helpful county program of work. Extra time has been given this year to use of
outlook material in trying to plan for the future.
The county program has expanded with the organization of two new
clubs. This malces twenty women's clubs now in the county. The county enroll-
ment has increased, so ve feel the program is continuing to serve useful pur-
II. meetings and Tours
Holding the Council meetings in different sections of the county has
been so popular that the plan was continued again this year. In August the
Council went to the Redland section t6 meet in the lovely new home of Irs.
Bethea. The October meeting convened in North fiamii, in the north end of the
county. In January a tour was planned through the.large truck farms of South
Dade, since this was their heavy producing season. A business meeting in
Homestead, and a second tour to a tropical fruit grove completed this most inter-
esting day. The April meeting was held in historic Coconut Grove, followed by
a tour to the Fairchild Tropical Garden, where a large program of planting palms
and other tropical plants is in progress. These tours have done much to widen
our knowledge of our county, and also to promote better acquaintance among
the Council members.
III* Dues Contributions
The Dade County Council has paid its dues to the State Council and to
the Dade County Federation of ?Tomen's Clubs. It has contributed $20.00 to the
State Scholarship Fund. It has also contributed 55.-00 to the libraryfund of
the University of Tiami. The Council paid the rent on the building used for.
the Achievement Day meeting and public exhibit', Funds for these purposes came
from the annual dues paid by each club to the Council, from profits on, the
sales of "pants creasers" and from a "sales table" on Achievement Day.
The Council also has paid the expenses of two official delegatess. to
t he Stae :Council meeting and. voted to help with the expenses of the Florida
delbgatibin to the conference with Secretary TWickard :in WJashington,' if such
assistance should be needed.
lIV.: Contests and 'Exhibits
The Council has continued to take part in State, Home Demonstration
contests. ae entered our County book in the Council record book contest,
winning second place. H'e also won a prize in the Three-Jar Canning Contest.
County cdntsts whitch were sponsored by the Council, were the -Lavm Improvement
contest, and:-contests for the bast all-around club, and best club officers'
County exhibits in which the Council participated were the Home
Demonstration exhibit at the Redland Fruit Festival; the tropical Christmas
'Ureath Show; the local club exhibits, and the County Achievement Day in Iarch
and April. Council committees raniaged the Achievement Day exhibits both for
the day of the- program and for the public exhibit on two days following. A
larger number.of people saw this public exhibit this year, so the Council feels
its work-was well repaid.
V. Individual Demonstrations and Reports
The Council has continued its plan of having quarterly reports from
each club on the progress of individual demonstrations and community work.
Council chairmen have compiled these reports for the Council meetings. They are
also used in asse ibling the County record book, and in making the annual sta-
tistical report. They have served to give both Council and club groups infor-
mation during the year of progress being made on our program of work.
VI. 4-i Club Work
The Council has continued to encourage and support the county program
of 4-H Club work. Council members have helped with 4-H Club exhibits, with
summer camp and the Fall Rally in September. The girls who won the trip to the
National Club Congress in Chicago last December, were presented with gifts from
the Council in congratulation on-their achievement. The president of the
Council has acted as the leader of a new 4-H Club. in her community this past year.
VII. County and Comr-.urni'cI Activities
Council: members have assisted in locating applicants for the mattress
program which will be set up this summer, They have discussed and have spread
information- concerning the Food Stamp Plan which is in operation in Dade County.
They-have assisted in the county program of Red Cross work, and in the public
health program. They are to be included in the county organization for civilian
defense which is now being made.
In conclusion, the Council has continuously urged the Home Demon-
stration women of the county to keep informed of the moving of national as well
as county events, so that they may plan better for their own families as well as
.to render service to the communities in which these members live.
Frrs. *T. s Carter, President
l.rs. W. S..Drake, Delegate.
Duval County extends greetings to the State Council and wishes to submit
the following report for 1941.
W-e have 15 active clubs and one new.one in the Brentwood Housing Project.
The years achievements are:
1. The Council sponsored f'all-day meetings, four with -iss Thursby, one
.with IiissSikes, two with the Burpee cooker and sealer representative. At one
of the meetings with Iiss Thursby, there was an orange, products demonstration at
which time a luncheon was served of orange products. The menu was: Ham in
orange juice, Dutch beans, Beets in orange juice, Carrot sticks and onions,
Orange rolls, and Orange short cake. At the canning der:onstration the repre-
sentative checked the pressure cookers of the members and made canning the
simplest thing possible,
2. YEiss Holloway was our special guest at one council meeting, She. dis-
cussed the Defense Program and how we as demonstration women could help.,
iL 3. The Council felt that the delegates to Tallahassee should be an out-
standing member, so they voted on the following requirements that would qualify
them: (a) Regular attenldanro at Council Keetings. (b) Hand in Report Book
on at least one project. (c) Enumerate and tell hovt you'have fulfilled your
responsibility toward your club, the Council, and Home Demonstration agent.
4. Council sponsors Red Cross work and gives out the n!aterial.
5. The Council is selling chances on a prize winning 4-H Club steer, the
proceeds to go to a camp fund.
6. The delegates gave the demonstrations at their monthly meetings in
Hay to relieve the agents and enable them to do other work. The clubs have volu-
nteered to help with the office work when needed.
7. Council served a luncheon to the County officials consisting of all
Home Grown Products.
8. members are getting the new-c iers to the city interested in demonstrat-
ion. The people in the Housing Project of the Air Base are some of them.
9. Sewing Achievement Day was held with a Fashion Show.
10. President and elected delegate attended Tallahassee Short Course.
Paid dues of $1.00 for registration, and $>15.00 for Scholarship Fund.
11. Affiliated with County Federation of Wromen's Clubs.
'12, To avoid confusion at the club meetings, it was decided to use envel-
opes for the club dues, putting name, date, and amount on it for record.
13. There were no demonstrations during December, instead there vas an
elaborate Christmas display of Home decorations and inexpensive gifts for a week
in the Hone Demonstration room in tovn, open to anyone. There were prizes for
-the clubs having the largest attendance.
14. Due to some confusion about wl'ich clubs some of the members should
attend, it v-as agreed that they should attend the one nearest them.
15. A place ha-s been provided for a writing room for the boys from'Camp
Landing and the Air Base.
16. Council served luncheon to the Social Service group and to the Associ-
ation'of iTelfare Agencies.
17. Achievement Day for canned products, vegetables, fruits and nuts was
held in connection with the County Fair at which time several clubs had booths.
18. Over 1 100.00 was given to the Red Cross.
19. It was decided to average the Rally Day attendance on a yearly basis to
compete for the cup,
20. Sent 40 pounds crystallized peel and honeyed pecans to the Veterans'
Hospital in take City.
21. Had an open Council meeting in October and a luncheon was served.
22. Seeds for Britian, amount so far ':20.50.
S 23. The President represented the State Council in '.ashington at the confer-
once with Secretary T1ickard on the Nutrition Program.
24. Council sponsored 7 Garden Rallies for the different entire communities
and had real good cooperation from the people in' the co~rmnities, Had speakers
on gardens, defense, poultry, had games and contests, prizes, motion pictures,
25, The clubs have made improvements on their club houses and one club has
paid off an indebtedness of $2,000.00 in the past two years.
26. The Council sponsored two frame gardens in the' county.
Mrs. T. F, Engle
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ESCA i LA COUNTY
To the State Home Deron.-tration Council, greetings.
The Escambia County Covacil begs to .submit the following reports ijht
clubs organized for Home Denonstration "ork belong to the Council, the Pensa-
cola 7omen's Club also belongs. There are five other organizations for rural
women that are not members of.the Council. These are community clubs whose
membership is cor.posed of both men and wor.'en. Scholarship dues are paid for
nine clubs and State Council dues are also paid. The president and the secretary
of the clubs are in attendance at this meeting.
The various clubs of Eaoc.ubia County conduct a regular Home Demonstration
program each month. This year, home improvement, with two county wide meetings
with I iss Virginia P. Foore, Home Improvement Specialist, have been held. Re-
port of work done in each conL unity has been made tob 1iss ioore.
The Eyrtle Grove Club is remodeling its club house. Cantonment Club has
finished paying for its club building, ha.s put in out-door toilets and fenced
its grounds. This club helped to raise four hundred dollars to insure a nine
month term for the local high school. This extra month has enabled this school
to keep its Southern Association rating. An honorary member in this club land-
scaped the grounds for the women. The Oak Grove Club House has continued to be
used for the school lunch room project. The Ferry Pass Club maintains their
library in a member's home. During the year the club assisted in closing in
an open hallway, so this could be used for the club library.
The organized clubs have assisted in a tag day that netted more than two
hundred dollars for the removal of tonsils for poor children, individual clubs
have assisted in other organized civic and charity drives by helping with Red
Cross drives, by oontrfbutiil. canned products to the :;est Florida Receiving
Home, Crippled Children's THo.e, anc to the Tuberculosis Sanitarium and Prevent-
orium. These clubs have assisted in local community charities. During the year
fob.r hundred and three articles and twenty-three knitted garments have been
made for the Red Cross by club women. These articles consisted of baby layettes,
boys' shirts and trousers, bath robes, and skirts for women.
Eight food conservation exhibits of fifty varieties of canned products were
entered by, the women. Tiro ecoinmunity exhibits and four handicraft exhibits
-wer entered by the various clubs in the county.
The County Council voted to spoCnsor a monthly radio program. This has been
done through the year. .Two food conservationr programs have been sponsored by
the Council; at one, Liss Clinard of the Bell Jar Company gave the de onstration,
and at the other, 1lr..Don -nall of the Burpee Can Sealer Company gave the demon-
stration. -e.ach month the food problem of the nation has been kept before the
women's and girls' clubs. Food conservation programs have been held in each
of the girls' olubs and in the wonen's clubs.
The :atbr;r'Iss program was undertak.on after short Course last year, Two mat-
tresses centers were established and club w-onmen from the nearby communities of
Bratt, Oak &rove, and Davisville assisted in supervising these centers. One
thousand and eighty-four mattresses have been made. No comforts have been made
Some of the .roir.3n have: assisted in obtaini.:n a moving picture -achine that
is being used now in the community meetings.
Since Pensacola has so many service men--Navy, Marine, and Army-4-iss
/Daniels, City Coordinator of Recreation, appealed to several of the Women's Clubs
for assistance in conducting wholesome recreation for these young men. Several
of the clubs have. cooperated by appointing a chaperon and by bringing the local
girls to these dances. These :ave been run for two months. The local girls
.' have enjoyed going to them and the boys have been most appreciative of these
well conducted and chaperoned dances. The local churches have cooperated with
Hiss Daniels by sponsoring game programs every Saturday afternoon. These two
programs have done very much to make the boys feel that the local people are
interested in them and they are -lad to have some place to go other than jook
joints. The Home Demonstration Agent serves on the City Recreation Committee.
iErs Ji A. Bonifay, President
Miss Ada Crary, Secretary.
Council members and Friends:
The Gadsden County Council has just rounded out a year filled with activity
much of which, we, as council members, feel has contributed toward the progress
of home demonstration work and toward the development of the individuals engaged
in carrying out these activities.
Our year's work started in June of last year when council members had their
interest in rural electrification revived by news of a district meeting in
Tallahassee called for the purpose of explaining plans for extending electricity
into our section of Florida. For several years our council and other home
demonstration club members of the county have been discussing the possibility df
electricity for this county. Three clubs had committees at work making investi-
gations and giving reports on their findings. A series of meetings were held
in 1938 and attended by both men and women front several communities who put
every effort behind the movement to have the local power company extend their
lines into these communities. The men helped with the surveys and personally
visited all families who might be served by the proposed electric line. All
efforts seemed to no avail as the local company decided that the extension of
lines into these communities would not be profitable to them. The council and the
local groups then contacted the Rural Electrification Administration,. Apparently
they accomplished nothing but it was this group which sent alert representatives
to the district REA meeting held in June 1940, in Tallahassee.
In December the Administration made an appropriation of $118,000 for the
building of electric lines in Gadsden, Leon, and Liberty counties. Before this
could be done the people of these counties had to express their intention of
using the current by paying a $5.00 membership fee and signing easement papers
.for the right of way for the po7er lines. The council kept the importance of
this procedure before all clubs of the county. The eagerness of.the women to have
their husbands meet these requirements has been noticed with interest. Several
club members borrowed the $5.00 membership fee on their own initiative and joined
the tentative cooperative..'
With practically every one of the 450 houses of applicants wired and thirty
miles of power lines built, rural electrification is now assured for our county
and our neighboring counties, Leon and Liberty.
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'ihile this movement for rural progress could not have been carried out
without the time, efforts and leadership of the influential men of the various
communities, it is not amiss to surmise that the organized groups of home
demonstration women have by the progressiveness of their attitude been a big
factor in rnaing the movement for an electric .cooperative a reality.
Hattress'es: The council assisted in giving mattress raking demonstrations
whicif wrer substituted for tha programs planned for the September and October
club meetings. Every one entered into the job and made big occasions of the
gatherings. Picnic dinners were the order of the day during the time training
meetings were- going on. The 1940 mattress program as. a big job -which crowded
into an already full schedule seemed. at first almost impossible of acco -plishing.
TTe did, however, get it done and from the reports which have cone to us it
proved to be a most beneficial part of the year'.s work. It not only gave better
beds to approximately 1000 families and useful information on how to make mat-
tresses but it also developed leadership and brought out a spirit of cooperation
between tenants and land owners and gave the home demonstration department new
Three Jar Contest: The council sponsored a can-for-quality contest which
vas participated in by 128 club members. The quality of the canned products was
good. The greatest improvement, however, was in the menus which accompanied the
exhibits. The exhibit and. menu 9f Iiss T.ollie Poythress which Bcored highest
in the county contest held in September was entered in the state contest in
October and again scored highest.
Sale of Canned Products and Dressed Poultry: Thirty-five homes passed in-
spectTon by a sanitary engineer from the State Board of Kealth which gave the oc-
cupants the privilege of canning home grown fruits and vegetables for sale. The
council has sponsored cooperative sales of canned products since it was first
organized. It decides on all policies regarding prices, cooperative purchases,
and sales, and cooperates vith the State Inspection Bureau and the -Iealth Depart-
ment in assisting all members to meet requirements for the sale of their pro-
ducts. -Sales last year amounted to ;)9,503. Te also had Yr. Don Hall of Burpee
Sealer Company with us for two days giving canning demonstrations and testing
cookers and sealers.
Tobacco Festival: The home demonstra tion club members in the county cooper-
ated in exhibiting a very attractive booth at the Tobacco Festival held in
Quincy October 2-5. Food for one year planned according to recommendations from
the State Futrition specialist made up the display. Posters explaining the dis-
play brought forth much comment from visitors. It is estimated that 13,000 people
saw the exhibit.
Glen Julia Park Contest: The Glen Julia Park Contest, conducted by the
Park associationn an~d participated in by the wonen's clubs of the county, closed
Larch 6. Six clubs qualified for participation in the Glen Julia Park trip to
Bellingrath Gardens, Iobile. -All club members who worked twenty hours or more
at the park participated in the trip. Thirty participants left Quincy for Bellin-
grath Gardens on the morning of I'arch.13 and returned Tarch 14. Enroute to Nobile
the group stopped in Chipley to see the Egg-Laying contest and in Pensacola for a
sight-seeing trip to points of interest. The group spent the night in obile and
visited the gardens the morning of arch 14. They returned by way of the Coastal
Magazine Contest: The Home Demonstration Council cleared $26.75 in Yarch
selling subscriptions for a well known magazine. The council felt that the
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members would benefit not only from the commission but fBmt the magazine itself
because of the fact that it is published in the South and that the articles
and advertisements relate to Southern conditions and needs.
Quadri-County Council: The Gadsden County Home Demonstration clubs, as-
SsisteTdb he ree- i efrrated clubs in the county, entertained the Quadri-
SCounty Council on April 25. There were approximately 500 people who attended
the meeting. :!iss Iary E. Keowni made the main-address of the ilorning session
entitled "Woman's Part in National Defense." Mrs. Amos Davis of t., Pleasant
.gave a report of her trip to Washington as a member of a delegation of Southern
women who met with Secretary of Agriculture, Honorable Claude 'Tickard. rrs. *J.
G. Kellum, Chairman, Division of Home Demonstration T'ork, Florida Federation
of Tomen's Clubs, spoke on cooperation between rural nd urban people in Florida.
Mr. Colin English, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, substituted for
Governor Holland as main speaker .of the day and discussed the present situation
of America. Iiss Frances Palmer, president of the College 4-H Club gave an
account of what the 4-H Club girls are doing in Florida. Special music was
Rendered during the day by Yiss Paula JeanTeagarden and Helen JI'cride of Leon
County and by the Yt. Pleasant Glee Club and the r'i. Pleasant Orchestra. Our
Council has cooperated with other agencies as Red Cross, W. P. A ,lunch rooms,
P. T. A. Health Clinics. Ve also held a homecoming at our annual camp in Fay.
Record Book: The 1939-40 County Record Book was completed too late -to turn
in to the state committee to be judged. It is, however, now completed-and in
the home demonstration agent's office.
Dues: Our state dues are paid and we have ;8.00 for the State Scholarship
Our council is looking forward to another year of many activities.
Mrs. 1. Earrell, President
Mrs. I. N. Shepard, Secretary.
HILLSBOROTJUG COUNTY (EAST)
East KillsborouGh County Council of Iome Demonstration Clubs sends greet-
ings to the State Council and wiishes to submit the following report on activi-
ties .for 1940-41,
Our Council is composed of members from seven clubs. 'e have had one new
club organized this year and we have had one club disband. Quarterly meetings
are held during the year.
We have sponsored and assisted with the following activities:
-1 Hold Fall rally and open Council meeting in October at the Pineorest
school with the Levysville club as hostess. The most Outstanding Club woman for
1940 from each club was announced a.d prizes given to each.
2.s Annual Achievineent Day was' held in the Home Demonstration Club Rooms
in Plant City, Ieal Planning, food conservation and table centerpieces, were the
main ideas to be stressed in this exhibit.
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3. Exhibited in the Home Demonstration Booth at the South Florida Fair.
4. Exhibited in the Home Demonstration Booth at the Florida Strawberry
5, County-wide picnic for club members arid their families.
6. Assisted with 4-H Club Work.
7. Council stressed the keeping of better club and individual records by
giving prizes to the clubs keeping the best yearbook this year,.
8. Compiled and submitted County Council Record Book.
9. Held the 3 Jar Canning For Quality Contest, and we won the fourth place
in the State Contest,.
10. Encourage home beautification by a cooperative rose bush order..
to II. 'Paid Council and Scholarship dues.
12. Held a tour in each club of best demonstrations in the home.
S13.' Paid expenses for two delegates to the State Council.
Our Major Project for the year was Food, Nutrition and Health. A great deal
of good in promoting health has been accomplished this year.
Srs. Hollis Brown, President.
SIILLSBOROUGH COUNTY (''ST)
The Eillsborough County (!est) Fome Demonstration Council extends greetings
to the president and members of t'.e State Council and submits the following
report of council activities' for the year 1940-41.
Our year's work has been outlined 'to conform with the state council program
alh.as keeping the "Live-At-Home" program uppernnnst in our minds. Also, we are
ever mindful of the need of strengthening our National Defense and upon bearing
this thought in mind members are urged to make the best possible use of all re-
sources of the family.
Enrollment At the present ti:e there are eleven Home Demonstration Glubs
actively affiliated as council members. Three of these clubs have been organized
Expansion of Work Due to the need for the expansion of work, two women
from each club arc b ing trained as leaders. These leaders meet with Viss Rush
at intervals for instructions in different phases of work, they being responsi-
ble fur conducting demr.onIstr'tions in their club, tV.ereby making it possible for
Tijss Rush to give 'some of her time to non-participants.
Since February 15, she has given 175, cd:iine demonstrations to non-partici-
parts. Up to the present time 85 mattresses have been completed with 187 mat-
tresses and 188 comfortLrs to be oompleted before October 1.
S 'State 3p:cialist This year we have working with us I iss Clarine Belcher,'
and rwe feel t~t''great 'roc.resc has been nade in ch ic'io and use of textiles for
Tweiitv-five persons have begun demonstrations in household textiles such as
slip covers, draperies arid curtains for all rooms in the house.
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An all day council meeting was held in January at which time Kiss Belcher
worked with us; the day being spent in making draperies. Instead of having a
regular council meeting in February each council member was asked to invite two
non-participants.into her home for a canning demonstration. Five clubs held
these demonstrations with eleven ladies who had never canned learning this work.
Two clubs had two new members each registered as a result.. of this work.
Tours A county-uide tour was. conducted on i.ay 8th with thirty-five persons
visitlfngin fourteen homes where :improvements had been made.
FinAtce Council sold Christmas wrapings cdnsisting of Christmas seals, paper
and ribbon in the amount of $20.40. Sponsored luncheon at Ragan's park in
September, Proceeds from same amounting to $23.60. Check room at fair $26.10.
Prize money received from Flower exhibit at fair $52,50. Federation Luncheon Hay
Council Activities -
1. r. Hall, representative from the Burpee Can Sealer Company, held a
cooker clinic in iarch at the agent's office. The purpose of this clinic was to
test cooker guages. Forty cookers were brought in by people to be tested. As
a result of this clinic a motion vas made, seconded and carried at the Iay
council meeting to purchase one of the testing apparatus, this to be left in
Yiss Rush's office, same to be available for use by-members. Forty cookers were
adjusted and one can sealer cleaned free of charge. During the year 1940 ap-
proximately fifteen cookers were purchased, In the five months past in this
year, 1941, ten cookers have been purchased which shows the gain and progress
made by stressing the importance of canning at home.
2. Council sponsored Federation Luncheon in Yay using the "All Citrus 1enu",
by Kiss Isabelle S. Thursby, with a copy of menu being presented to each of the
eighty persons attending same.
IKrs. L. F. Genter, 4th vice-president of Federated clubs and chairman of the
American Homes Department had charge of the program.
3. A representative from council attends county health council which meets
semi-annually. Meetings being held in larch and September.
4. The council continues to sponsor a monthly cooking school in agent's
office, or rather our council kitchen which adjoins said office.
These meetings are open to the public and are gaining in popularity with
each meeting. About forty people register each time.
Honors and Recognition Honors were-conferred upon our council by the
Hillsborough County Federation -of Tomen's Clubs, having a membership of thirty-
one clubs, at their annual election in Narch at which time three of the
,Federation's executive officers were elected from our council, namely:
VIrs. L. F. Genter, president; Irs. R. F. Caldwell, 4th vice-president; Irs.
H. S. Dossel, recording secretary.
Y Te are also proud of the fact that F.rs. L. F. Genter, State Senior Council
president, and a member of our county council, was invited to accompany a group
of Home Demonstration women of the southern states to Washington, .D. C. on April
1st for a conference with the Honorable Claude Wickard, secretary of agriculture,
Sto discuss their ideas with him as the head of our National Agricultural Ex-
tension Service of which home Demonstration is a big part.
Achievements The annual "Achievenrent Day" program mas held April 30th at
the Chamber of -ommerce building with 375 people registering during the day.
Special emphasis.this year was placed on balanced meals, using our home canned
Twenty-one displays were diade showing menu-. with the canning exhibits, table
decorations and cover. It. was. decided.to have only the exhibits instead of the
regular afternoon program. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon examining the club
--.In submitting this report, would -like to say it has been a source of real
pleasure and joy in having the.opportunity to serve our council and in doing so
feel-that I have been greatly benefited by this wonderful and most useful
Srs. H. S. Dossel, President
Mrs. L. L. Anderson, Alternate
Mrs. R. F. Caldwell, Delegate.:
The Jackson County Council;of Hone Demonstration Clubs wishes to submit the
,,following report of activities since the last meeting of-the State Council:
1 .e have-held-three regular. meetings in Marianna to consult and plan with an
agent for the administration and .promotion of club activities.
Assistance has been given in the mattress making program by the Council as
a group and by.individual members. 7Te have helped plan the set-up for the.
-equnty ..have taken applications in the field, have given information .about the.
program and have assisted with teaching and supervising of the making of mat-
We sponsored the Threp Job: Contest which was held during the County Fair in
October. These were 30 exhibits, all of excellent .quality.
Council members helped with the county fair by setting up the exhibits in
our woman's section. .
Representatives of our council have been the guests of. the Agricultural
workers club. at one meeting when they heard the aims and purposes of the. club
explained and had the pleasure of hearing the Honorable Phil. S. Taylor of the
Florida.Departnent of Agriculture speak.
YTe have recommended Miss Dorcus Stone, one of our, -H Club girls who will
be. a junior at the Florida State College for iTomen next year, to receive a schol-
arship loan frqm the State Council.
The president of the council is in attendance at the State meetin.wi.th" all
expenses paid. Our dues and scholarship contributions have been paid...
Frs. Alice Powell, President.
Ol ANIZATIONAL CHART
SState of Florida
U. S. Govermnert
U. S. Department
Metropolitan Dade County
Board of County Comm.
University of Florida
(Land Grant College)
University of Florida
Institute of Food and
(Provost of Agriculture)
College of Agriculture Florida Agricultural i
University of Florida Experiment StationU
University of Florida
School of Forestry
university of Florida
Dade County Agricultural
University of Florida I!
(Land Grant College) I
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Jefferson County Council of Home Demonstrationi Work'stbmits the following
report of major accomplishments since June, 1940:
1. Has. held four (4) regular quarterly meetings with an average attendance
of about sixty (60) women. Each of L-hsse was an all day meeting with one club
acting as hostess and furnishing the entertainment. Some very good one-act
plays have been presented on these occasions during the past year, thus fur-
nishing entertainment and at the same time developing talent among the women.
During the business session the various clubs gave reports of individual demon-
strations and,'work done during the current quarter-year.
2, Paid the expenses of two (2) full time delegates and the State Secre-
tary, who is a member of our Council, to the State Council meeting in Tallahassee
in June 1940.
3. Paid State Council dues .nd contributed seven ($7.00) dollars to State
Council Scholarship Fund,
4. Assisted the Home Demonstration Agent with 4-H Achievement Day in iTay.
Home Demonstration T1omen served the dinner.
5. Iuch interest has been shown in conserving home grown, products. Fiss
Isabelle Thursby, Economist in Food Conservation, has spent several days in the
County, and has also made it possible for us to have the services of Mrs' Clark,
Home Economist in Kerr Glass Manufacturing Cooperation, and Hiss Clinard, Home
Economist in Ball Brother Company. At these meetings it was brought out the the
Homemaker has a definite part in the National Defense Program, in that she can
conserve home produced products and by so doing can promote a better health and
6. The fourth annual zennia show was held in July at Yonticello in the
rTomans Club, This custom has stimulated the club members to improve their flower
gardens. The zennias e:dxibited during this show were of much better quality
than those shown in previous years.
7. The month of August was devoted to recreation. Each club had a spend-
the-day meeting, either at some lake or picnic ground. Those interested in
crafts spent the day making trays and baskets.
8. Community tours were made in six communities and many home demonstrations
9. At the October Council meeting the Three Jar Contest was featured. It
was stressed that quality canning was just as important as canning for quantity.
10. An annual achievement day was held in Ponticello, October 25th. Each
club decorated a booth and exhibited home made articles, Many visitors called
during the morning to see these exhibits. At noon a covered dish luncheon was
served at the Women's Club after which a fashion revue was held. Forty-nine
prizes were. awarded by local merchants to the club members who won recognition
in the exhibits, and fashion revue,
11. On. November llth, Jefferson County sponsored an Armistice Parade. Each
school and organization was asked to enter a float in this parade. The Home
Demonstration Council received first prize.
12. Assisted in planning the County Program of Home Demonstration work for
13. The Home Demonstration Council cooperated with the Recreational Director
in Jefferson County in decorating and entering a float to represent the county
in the Inaugural parade in Tallahassee on January 7th, The County Commissioners,
the Kivn-nis Club and City Council paid the expenses of this float and seemed to
be pleased with the idea which was carried out. Since this county has excellent
lands for hunting and other sports, a camp scene was reproduced. Bill Igle, a
negro well known by sportsmen in the county, was the cook, and the aroma of coffee
boiling and fish frying stimulated the appetites of many as they watched the float
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14.,. The Senior Council sponsored the sale of Hollands Yagazines and re-
ceived '25.75 for the council treasury.
..15.-There has been a county wide program on Exterior Beautification; co-
operating with this .program have been Mrs. R. H. Gelling, Florist of Monticello,
and' r. I:ahan of I:ahan Hursery.
16. Several of the clubs have assisted with the Red Cross Sewing,
17. Attractive club year books have been given to each club member.
18. Compiled a council Record Book showing club and council activities for
the year. This book has .been left in each community for the local blub members
to enjoy. It has stimulated interest in better records, more publicity and
better pictures of Home Demonstration as well as club and council activities.
19. Contributed 02.00 to help defray the expenses of the Florida Committee
which appeared before Secretary 'iokard in behalf of Home Demonstration Tork.
20. Club. "suppers" have.been held in several clubs and about $225.00 netted
for club treasuries.
21. Each senior club will write its history and present it as a part of its
program when they entertain the council.
22. Ir. J. Francis Cooper, Extension Editor, was instructor for a News
writingg School, vAich was held at the I onticello Toman's Club on 'ay 24th. The
purpose of this school was to assist news reporters with better publicity work,
23. Under the supervision of our home agent, 723 mattresses have been made,
550 comforts, and 1500 office calls making inquiries about mattresses and com-
Yrs. Jennings Cooksey, President
Ers, J. C. T.aldron Jr., Delegate.
The Lake County Council of ;one Demonstration women send greetings and sub-
mit the following report of its activities during the past year.
There are six clubs with two new clubs to be organized this year. The two
new clubs are Bay Lake and Okahumpka. There are 136 members in the six clubs.
The county council has twelve members. Each of the local Home Demonstration
clubs has two members on the council; the president and one elected council repre-
Three of these clubs have their own club rooms where they meet regularly each
month, other clubs meet in the homes. The council has decided to meet quarterly
instead of monthly in order to insure better attendance. Each local club holds
monthly meetings with the Home Agent present and there is a demonstration each
tiie, given either by the Agent or a member. TTe also have a monthly county meet-
ing when all the women of the County meet at the County Hone Demonstration and
4-H club building'in Tavares for an all day meeting.
At this county meeting each club takes its turn as hostess and serves a
planned, balanced meal .for twenty cents. After the cost is deducted, the balance
is turned over to the treasurer of the council. 7Tith this money the supply of
dishes in the Home Demonstration building has been supplemented so that we now
have complete service for 36 people. About twenty-five dollars has been spent for
The three-jar contest was held in September and 26 women entered the contest.
A' bazaar was held in December and was very successful, The women sold on a
percentage basis and the council received thirty-seven dollars from this source.
'This year, as usual, our Chrisstmas recreation was a party with a tree and
each member brought a gift, to'exchange.
,At the County Fair three of the.Eome Demonstration clubs had e:.hibits which
stressed the IHome Deronstration work. The Tavares club had.a booth which repre-
Ssented a citrus kitchen. The-Pyrofax Gas Company lent complete equipment to the
club for this purpose../ Demonstrati-ons of .the use of citrus fruits in-canning,
preserving and baking were given daily. 4-IE Club girls assisted in this booth.
Following the Fair, the Hone Agent received more than 300 requests for bulletins
and citrus recipes, The Eustis booth shoved exterior beautification showing the
home and grounds before and after remodeling and landscaping. I:ount Dora Club's
booth was a colonial living room. This booth depicted interior home improvement.
The .members of the club gave demonstrations daily in chair caneing and handi-
Each of of these clubs were given (30.00 and meritorious award-for making the
Seh ibits. This amount did not cover.the cost of the booth but the _ome Demon-
stration women felt that they could r,ive something of value to the visitors to
the fair so earned the additional money necessary to make their booths educat-
ional and attractive.
One member sold 125 quarts of tomato juice to a tea room in Orlando, another
sold about 0.75.00 worth of citrus narmalades.
..Thirty-six cards were sent to ill members and their families.
Two of our members are 4-H Club local leaders. Our club members are active
in Red Cross work.
One of the clubs gave an all-citrus dinner for the board of directors and
officers of one of the large packing houses in appreciation of their-cooperation
with the DHore Demonstration work. The men were so well pleased they asked for
Sand had .this dinner, menu repeated for the Kiwanis club's regular dinner. The
.center decoration for this dinner was a large tray of citrus fruit and orange
blossoms aid the favors were boutonniers of Y.axed orange blossoms. The menus
. were written on orange paper cut in orange shape.
The Eoa~e Demonstration women were hostesses for the 4-H Club Achievement
day and served delicious refreshments to the guests and members.
The council has two looms in the Hoime Demonstration building which will be
used this su i-er for rug making.
S.fe sent our State council dues and scholars' ip money early, as requested by
.Fern LaRoe., President
faybelle Cay, Delegate.
Leon County Council of -Hore Demonstration ork sends greetings to the State
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Council and submits the following report of accomplishments during the past
He have 11 Hore Demonstration Clubs with an enrollment of 231 members, an
increase of 2 new'clubs and 56 new members.
Four regular quarterly council meetings have been held. The State Council
dues have been paid as well as the expense of two delegates to the State
Council meeting. Re have also given one 4-H Club scholarship to the State
The. council women have been very'interested in the REA program. They have
assisted with community meetings to arouse interest and have assisted in ob-
taining applications for the lines, and we are very proud to report that this
line will soon be completed. .Then completed there will be approximately 75
miles of line available for approximately 300 families.
In addition to the canning, general clothing, and-handicraft exhibits at
the County Fair, the various clubs sponsored 9 educational exhibits, ";e also
sponsored a "Hot-Dog" booth and made $40.00.
Considerable interest has been aroused with the Cotton 'attress Program.
One hundred and twenty mattresses have been made. The club members assisted
by acting as leaders in various canmunities and by securing applications for the
Leaders from the different clubs assisted the agent in planning her program
for the year. A most interesting program centered around Consumer Education
on buying of clothing and household textiles has been carried out. A home
made cotton dress contest has been held in each club and at our next Council
meeting we plan to have a joint picnic with the 4-H Club Council at which time
a contest of the prize winning dresses will be hdld,
Two clubs are sponsoring lunch rooms and two clubs have equipped First Aid
rooms in their schools.
Two contests are being carried on this year. One is to promote "Better
and: ore Attractive Bedrooms" and the other is the "Best Year-round Garden".
Twelve contestants have entered each one of the contests. The standards for
the year-round garden are set up by the AAA.
fTe have offered a prize to the club that has the largest percent bf members
attending the Council meetings during the year. 7Te hope by this to increase
the attendance at our Council meetings.
Twelve leaders were selected from the Council to sell "Ads" for the Leon
County Fair Premium List Catalogue. 3$25.00 worth -has been sold and money
collected. The Council will receive ten percent and the amount left after
paying to have the books published will go into the general Fair Fund.
In one of our clubs we have a group of very good leaders, and the Agent has
made plans to give demonstrations at their club meetings and then in turn under
her supervision, they will go into communities where there are no clubs and
give the demonstrations. In this way vt hope to help the Agent extend her
work to a much larger group. Our Agent has already had several requests for
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Mrs. Charles Roberts, President
Irs. H. H. Fook, Delegate.
The rPadison County Senior Home Demonstration Council sends greetings to the
State Council of ome. Demonstration Clubs, and wishes to submit the following
Four Council meetings have been held in the past year with a different com-
munity Home Demonstration Cliu acting as hostess for each meeting. Our County
Council is composed of eight Senior Home Demonstration Clubs; two of these
maintain their own club homes.
The County Home Demonstration program of work for 1941 was'planned to coin-
cide with suggestions outlined by the State program of work committee as nearly
as possible-to suit local conditions.
ood Production and Conservation are two of our major aims in this year's
program with iss Isabel S. Thursby, State Food Conservation Specialist working
intensively in Iadison County with .us. Food production and conservation as re-
lated to our ilational Defense program has been discussed at the Jahuary and
April Council meeting. The cotton stamp plan was also featured at the April
Three Canning schools have been held since last'.July on each for canning
fruits, vegetables, and meats. Quality as well as quantity has been'emphasized.
Our County Council helped to sponsor a county fair in jToveLlber 1940, the first
fair that has been held in Vadison County in fifteen years.
In the past year we have obtained and furnished a cor~p-lete electrically
equipped County ntore Demonstration Kitchen which was built in a community house.
This gives the rural wane.n an opportunity to become familiar with electrical
equipment, since REA will make electric power available in-a few weeks. A
model ventilated pantry for storage of canned products is also a feature of our
Home Demonstration Kitchen. We have landscaped these club grounds with native
trees from Iadison County woods and have purchased nursery stock for foundation
Te also sponsored a shower of home canned fruit juices and soups for the
Madison County memorial Hospital. Sent baskets of fruits at Christmas to shut-
ins and under-priviledged families. Held annual orchard drive to increase fruit
production in Ifadison County.
One of our clubs served a luncheon to the District Agricultural Jorkers
meeting; another club served a banquet to the Junior and Senior classes of one of
our county schools. Both used the County Home Demonstration Kitchen.
Our Council held a Senior members dress revue county three jar contest,
county flower show. Assisted with county 4-H Club Spring achievement and one 4-H
J Council silver to serve 60 has been obtained through a county magazine
' drive. A curb market sponsored by our County Council was established July 1940,
and has operated continuously two days per week since it opened. (Co-operation
with the Citizen's National Defense organization.) The Council at the April
fleeting voted to work with' other county organizations in the interest of a
County Health Unit. "
Te have paid our State Council dues and 08.00 into the State Scholarship
Irrs. R. C. Welsh
S'rs. I. J. Sale
; cIT; COU1TTY
The Senior Council of -.rion County brings greetings to the State Council.
It is also happy to submit the following report of achievement for the year 1940-
In September 1940, the 7::ecutive Board met with I iss Lucy Belle Settle, Dis-
trict o'ome Demonstration Agent and I'iss Kathryn Riddle to work out a program for
the year, 1940-41. Household Textiles vas selected as the principle demonstra-
tion to be followed in the county. This directly tied in with the defense pro-
gram at that time to strengthen the morale and health of the people. Trends of
the year caused us to change our program from time to time to take up more im-
portant defense work.
1. The Council has sponsored the mattress project, having centers in three
communities, namely Ocala, i:oss Bluff and Pedro, which have completed 403 mat-
tresses and are now a~c work on a second unit of 840 which we hope to complete
by the end of the year.
2. The Yarion County Council is doing its bit for the Red Cross by sewing
3. The Council has sponsored two canning schools which Ir'e very successful.
4. In cooperation with the Agriculture-Hore Defense Committee for the
county, teachers have pushed defense gardens in their respective community.
Certifictes are awarded to each family having ten (10) vegetables in the home
5. The Council is very happy to*report two (2) new clubs bringing the num-
ber'of active clubs in the county to seven (7).
6. The Council was honored by having Mrs. Jeff Tartin, former President,
chosen as one of the delegates to go to 7ashington to confer with Secretary
Tfickard about extension of Fome Demonstration work.
7. The Council sponsored a tour in the spring to view the work being done
in Household Textiles with r iss Clarine Belcher and Miss Lucy Belle Settle at-
8. The Council affiliated with other clubs in the Earion County Federation
of i-omen's Clubs. All clubs are stressing health program with a county health
unit as the goal. While this goal has not been reached, progress has been made.
The Council president was elected a Vice-President of the Federation.
9. The Council sponsors the 4-H 7ork in the county with four of the Local
Clubs sponsoring 4-H Clubs in three communities.
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10. In the fall the Council sponsored a drapery and curtain school which
was well attended at the same time a clinic for ailing sewing machines was held.
11. One dpllar council dues and seven dollars (37) to the scholarship
fund from the seven active clubs in the county was paid to the State Council.
wo .representatives were sent to State Council, Yrs. T. L. Randall and Mrs. H.
12. The Council has met bi-monthly throughout the year. A program and busi-
ness meeting was held at each meeting.
13. The THome Demonstration news has appeared weekly in two Tarion County
daily papers and one weekly paper carrying timely subject matter and interesting
news of club work.
14. In August vw held our Annual picnic, inviting neighboring county
councils and making it a Quad-council meeting. He were honored by having Iiss
1ary E. Keown, State Eore Demonstration Agent and Fiiss Gladys Gallup, U.S.D.A.
present and lany agents attending the summer session at the University.
15. The Home Demonstration clubs had a very active part in the successful
revisal of the county-Fair. Three community exhibits were put up. The council
4--I chairman set up a 4-H exhibit and a mattress exhibit was also set up. The
clubs exhibiting cleared over ', ,.00 in prizes.
16. A representative of the Home Demonstration Council, ?:rs. Jeff i artin,
appeared on the Anerican Eome Program of the Ocala UToman's Club.
17. This has been a most successful year with increase in clubs: member-
ship, interest and participation. The council is now prepared to serve its
country in anything called on.
Mrs. T. L. Randall, President
Mrs. John Rogers, Secretary.
OP, !A'- COUNTY
The Orange County Council of Home Demlonstration Clubs sends greetings, and
wishes to submit the following report for 1940-41.
During the year the Council has held five meetings, four of them being open
Council I eetinr.s, showing an increased attendance. All local clubs meet once a
In September the Annual family picnic was held. And at this tine a treas-
urer ias added to. our Council.
.ore than 70 women took an'active part in the first Christmas Party Spon-
sored by the Council on December 18, 1940. The Colonial town Hore Demonstration
was hostess. The Club house was decorated with silvered and red pine cones
and china berries. At this meeting 18 Home Demonstration Pins were awarded mem-
bers for two year record books. The Emblem Ceremony was held and wias most im-
pressive. There was a Christmas Tree and exchanging of gifts.
Miss Ethyl Holloway .District Home Demonstration Agent, met with the Coun-
cil in September, and :.assisted in the arrangement of the program for the Year.
The Clubs are conforming with the state program, Ahich has been rore than satis-
ST'iss Anna T.ae Sikes, State Nutrition & KHealth Specialist, met with us several
times during the year. The theme of these meetings was Nutrition and Food, and
their place in the 1National Defense Program.
On February 3, 1941, irs. l ary 'ood Clark of the Kerr Jar Company, put on a
canning demonstration at the Grand Avenue Club, which was attended 1by more than
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fifty women from the various clubs in the county.
As a means of raising money for the Council they sponsored a luncheon dur-
ing February. The V'inter Park Home Demonstration Club Wiomen acted as Hostess.
The Second Annual Home Demonstration Club Women's Achievement Day was held
on Iarch 21, 1941. Iore than 100 women attended, and entered exhibits of can-
ning, clothing, crafts, poultry and flower arrangements. A dress revue was
also put on at this time. Prizes and ribbons were awarded for these exhibits.
In conjunction with the Achievement Day the Hone Demonstration women of the
County honored 1 rs. Nellie W. Taylor, our Hone Demonstration Agent for her 25
years of service as Home Demonstration Agent in Orange County. Theypresented
her writh a silver tray upon which all of the Clubs' names Were engraved.
Kiss IFary E. Keown, State Home Demonstration Agent was a special guest for
this occasion and gave a most inspiring talk. At this time the Central Florida
Exposition Association presented ? rs. Taylor with a set of traveling cases for
her cooperation during these 25 years. She received many lovely gifts, letters
and telegrams of congratulation from all over the State. County and City of-
ficials there also present to offer their congratulations and greetings. "It
was a-real Achievement for the wo-,en to present on their Second Achievement Day.
The Council assisted with the 4-H Club girls' Achievement Day which was held
on April 19th. I"iss Ethyl Hollowayr, District Home Demonstration Agent was the
principal speaker upon this occasion. The Council also assisted with the de-
monstration booth at the Central Florida positiono.
The 'correct foods for the family was chosen by all clubs fo0 the 5ay
The Oomniunity Clubs turned in their Record Books. Colonial town von first
place. !Te entered our Third Council Record Book in the State Contest.
Our dues of $1.00 have been paid to the State Council, and we have sent in
V6.00 to'apply on the State Council Scholarship fund.
The' Clubs earned money for their treasury on articles made and sold by them.
The members are carrying 6n Demonstrations in their home on 'Home Improvement,
gardening, rug making, canning, poultry, dairying, sheep and goats. (One of the
women is having blankets made from the wool sheared from her sheep.) I any
dress forms have 'been made during the year.' Sewing for the family is one of the
chief projects of the Club Iomen.
All Club members are cooperating with the National Defense Program in every
way possible, "Better Foods for the Family" being stressed. I any have started
Iione Vogetable Gardens. Several of our members are instructors in the Red
Cross Surgical Dressings and are sewing, knitting and helping in any way where
needed. OUR GOALS ARE:
1. To promote interest by meeting with the different
HTome Demonstration Clubs.
2. To have a Better Achievement Day..
3, To have Unity in our Clubs,.
4. To do our Part in the National Defense Program.
5. .To. have De. onstrations in our Homes.
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The Council has two delegates attending this State meeting.
SMrs. H. C. Huegele, President
sMrs. E. Trevarthen, Delegate.
PALM BEACH COUNTY
The Senior Council of Palm Beach County sends greeting to the State Council
and wishes to submit the follovdng report:
Our Council is made up of a president.and one delegate from seven clubs.
Four regular meetings and one dress revue of the County Councils are held
quarterly during which plans are made for activities and programs. Council pro-
grams are based always upon the needs of club members. Reports of the progress
of Council Aclievements are given at this time, The meetings are open to all
club members in order' that leaders may be trained for future council and com-
Instructive and helpful suggestions for the development of the council
activities are gained from talks, edxhibits, posters, tours, reports, pictures
and detaonstrations'by successful home demonstrators,
Some of the special Council events which have been.a means of presenting
and extending educational information have been:
Flower Show The Council sponsored the Annual Flower Show at Test Palm
Beach April 24, 1941, a Canning Contest, also a Food Demonstration, "Preparing
an r.,irgrency I eal" and talk Food for ITational Defense.
At this meeting a contest of club tables with table appointments, flower
centerpiece arrangements, and menus was given, which proved instructive as
well as interesting.
Food Conservation Four Canning Demonstration schools for whites and five
schools for colored were held showing the best methodss of conservation of foods
and the importance of food in plan of ITational Defense. These schools.were
open to the public.
Home Furnishing Two sewing schools were held under the -supervision of
-iss Clarine Belcher, Textile Specialist of Tallahassee.
Numerous machine attachments were demonstrated, and instruction were given
for making curtains, slip covers, etc. Several films were exhibited and educat-
ional lecture on the "Practical uses of Cotton in the Home".
Recreation Camp for members is sponsored by the Council. The training
camp is held at the Lake Torth Casino was as usual well attended by adult mem-
bers who learned much in the way of handcraft and health, also having lots of
.Tours Home I-provement tours have been of interest to all the women of the
community. A motorcade was escorted over the newly built government levee at
Canal Point and.the homes where fruit plantings were made. Visits were then
made to Everglades I igratory Labor Camp for negroes and at Camp Osoeolo for
white migrants, to viewr.housing facilities.
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A tour to the Sub-Tropical Etxperiment Station at Homestead, was planned by
1 r. r. U. Younts to study fruit -plantings and.to encourage cultivation of sub-
tropical fruits of superior varieties. A tour through the Blossom estate
Palm Beach, was very instructive and much appreciated and enjoyed by all.
Council money making activities At each council meeting, vre have a sales
table of all kind of articles made by the members. Home.products are also
The Council publicity in the hands of I rs, G., J. Barstow has been very
good, Local clubs reporters have cooperated in writing newt stories of home
The Council has paid the dues to the State Council. Two delegates are pres-
sent at! this State Council meeting.
Palm Beach County Council contributes to the State Council Scholarship fund
and to the "ashington Trip fund $10.00..
palm Beach County Council took part in the Everglades Fair, also in the
Three-jar Contest. irs. Farguerite7 7:ller won a prize in the jar contest in the
The 4-H Club work in the county receives continued Council interest by
cooperation in all Junior council events as camps, contests and council meet-
ings. Adult leaders are assisting with club groups. -
The Council assists our agent in making the work of the County as effect-
ive as possible through careful planning of programs and giving cooperation in
carrying out work outlined. The Council prepared the individual club members
A committee of the Council prepared the county council record book of
activities for 1940 and is again at work on the 1941 book (each club contrib-
uting material -through their own club record books).
The Council has cooperated in the cotton mattress program. One hundred
mattresses have been ccrpleted to date, and about 300 more mattresses to be
made during the summer.
A committee of Council members with i rs. C-. J. P:.rstow, of the State Land
Use Planning Committee are working with the men on the survey for Palm :3oech
County. Community meetings have been held in all sections of the county in order
to map the land use and to secure facts. .Thesurvey is complete and approved
by the County. Sub-committees are qt work on special problems.
Palm Beach County Council won the State Council Trophy (silver cup) this year
for their best records and most outstanding activities. The Council is very
proud of the honor of having won this cup three times.
A committee of the council members was appointed to work with the Citizen-
ship Hospitality and Recreational Committee of the Palm Beaches in line with
National Defense activity for entertainment: for the army air base station.
Yrs. Tina Helland, President
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The Pasco County Council brings greetings to the Senior Council and wishes
for you a very successful session, and wishes to present the following report
We have had no agent for the past ten years, but we have worked hard and
long and held together with five active clubs. The clubs meet regular once
each month trying to have some form of a program that will be beneficial to each
member. Home reports are taken at each meeting and turned in to the council
once each quarter.
Our Council meetings have been held regular four times a year with a con-
test at each meeting. In January, we had a plant contest, each member was asked
to start a plant from seed, slip, or cutting, and grow it for three months.
The one having the best plant or the thriftiest plant was to be awarded a prize;
three'prizes were given for this contest. We also had a three jar canning
contest with many entries; three prizes were also given for this. 7We held a
bake contest of cakes, pies, bread, rolls, and after these were judged and
prizes given, the goods were sold at auction and tho proceeds turned into the
Council treasurer. 1e also had a sack contest and many beautiful scarfs,
pillow slips, luncheon sets, and window curtains were on display. There were
five prizes given at this time, as many items were made from the sacks. Y"e
have our Annual Picnic and Play Day in July. We also held a white elephant
exchange, whereby you get rid of many things you no longer wish to keep and
others are glad to have. ie voted to have another one.
Iiss Settle contacted us in regard to our County Agent and we got busy and
went before our County Conmmissioners and they were very glad to assist us in
every way possible. ie noiw have our County Agent, Iiss Driggers, of whom we are
very proud and have learned to love her very much.
The Council was on the Program of the "oman's Club, and we presented our
County Agent wv.o spoke on "Budget in the Family". WIe also held a public recept-
ion and invited all County Officials, the 4-1 Club girls and boys, and the gen-
eral public to meet her. iie also presented her before the P.T.Association.
Iiss Driggers, with the assistance of the Council has organized six 4-H
Clubs in the past month, 'hen we learned we could come to Short Course with
eight girls and have two delegates, we 'were thrilled beyond words and our first
problem was money. We at once decided to have a rummage sale, a bake sale, and
contact our picture show to sponsor a show. 'We also held an ice creawi and cake
sale. 'e shared our rnmmage sale with the colored church. They benefitted as
well as ourselves. With a few small cash donations and the Council paying the
expense of two delegates, we were able to bring seven girls and two delegates
to Short Course of wlich we are very proud.
Vie have paid our scholarship dues from the Council and Council dues to the
He joined the Red Cross in helping to make layettes and other garments.
The Council has membership in the Federated 'omen's Club. ,e helped the
:ioman's Club in the Christmas baskets.-
Held a canning demonstration with the Burpee Canning Company, with the as-
sistance of iss Settle and iss Thursbyl we also invited the 4-H Club girls and
the Home Economics girls and their teacher from the High School.
Tie are assisting in the summer...recreation at the Commrunity hall this year.
MHe have asked the lumber company for scrap material and the stores for eaipty
boxes which will help carry out the hand craft work.
Vany of our girls are playnin, on going to sumnrer camp. We joined the
County Hoalth Council, and also the County Cancer Control. We have one new club
being organized now with prospects for :,ore.
In the past year, we have canned over 6,000 jars of fruit, vegetables, and
meat. Fany members have exhibited in the Tampa Fair in co-operation with our
County Farm kgent, ir.. YcClellan. Our mattress.program is being organized and
applications are being taken.
He have no record book this year, but are'going to start one this year.
Mrs. A. J. Pire, President
Mrs, D. C..E ancock, Delegate.
The Pinellas County Council of iome Demonstration clubs extends greetings
to the State Council and state staff and wishes to submit the following report:
The council this year represents 11 clubs, one more than last --e-:r, with
an active membership of approximately 250. The council held. six regular r-eet-
ings and two special ones during the year.
The most important activities and accomplishments were as follows:
1. -To male educational programs and project activities more effective the
council assisted the agent in plan..ing a county-wide program of work with sub-
ject of demonstration and discussion outlined for each month.
The major project was "Planting the THome Grounds". Coals set up wore:
a. I ore yard plantings that serve a purpose.
b. A wider variety and more use of fruit in the home food supply.
Plans included talks and demonstrations by local nurserymen. Tour clubs carried
out this part of the program. All clubs carried out the program as a whole.
As a part of this program two clubs made tours to local nurseries.
2. Home De-:onstration influence vwas extended through-
a. Exhibits in county and state fairs.
(1). In county fairs seven clubs each illustrated some phase of
the Home Demonstration program.
(2). Each of ten clubs had club exhibits of 22 containers of
(3). The canned products exhibited in the county were exhibited
in the state fair in T:i.-pa, for which the. council was re-
sponsible, and was a blue ribbon one.
b. Participation in Three-jar contest.
o. All clubs in the county held one or more tours to demonstrations
in the home,
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3. In leadership training the council-
a. Encouraged the clubs to have leaders have charge of planned pro-
grams when agent was not present.
A craft chairman in each club was responsible for all craft work.
Nine clubs followed this practice. All clubs agreed to be respon-
sible for programs during at least two months of the year to re-
lease agent's time for other work.
b. Leaders took back to clubs canning information given in special
canning demonstration by Burpee representative.
c. In the camp program members were in charge of program and activi-
ties. One of the members taught weaving, using Sea Island cotton.
Another taught miscellaneous craft work. w/embers were expected
to take back to clubs what they had learned there. Since the
camp, the council has bought a 45-inch loom which is -eing loaned
around to the clubs. Those receiving previous instruction are to
teach others how to weave.
4. ,In promotion of. 4-H Club works
a. Senior clubs were hostess to 4-H Club for Achievement programs.
b. Senior clubs gave five Short Course scholarships and four camp
trips to 4-H Club girls of the county.
c. The council awarded its first 0100 loan scholarship to Evelyn
Haynes of Dunedin, the county's first winner of a trip to the
National Club Camp in 1'ashington. Evelyn has j.st completed her
first year at Florida State College for Tomen.
5. To take its share of the responsibility in coordinating work of social
agencies, the council has tried to co-operate in every way with other
agencies and groups concerned with public welfare.
a, Five clubs are devoting at least one meeting a nonth to Red Cross
b. Two clubs allowed the use of their kitchen as iT.P.A. canning kit-
chens. They reported they were canning by proxy.
c. Members acted as manager of If.P.A. lunch rooms. In one of these,
the children were weighed at the beginning of one and at the end.
In spite of an epidemic of measles, every child gained from one
to seven pounds.
d. There ha.s been especially good cooperation with the county Health
Unit. 4-H club girls were given special examinations at the be-
ginning and at the close of the club year* One of the Home Demon-
stration clubs was asked to provide someone to 5ive food prepara-
tions demonstrations to mothers waiting to have children examined
in health clinics,
e. Hostess to County Federation of Ifomen's Clubs and ent3rtqined the
6. In promotion of family life and reoredctional activities the council-
a. Encouraged the clubs to have special events for families as
suppers or picnics. Six of the clubs active during the year
entertained families in some way.
b. The council sponsored the usual annual camp, which this year was
held at Florida I Hlitary Academy, for the first time on the Gulf.
Sixty-five women attended the women's section and fifty-five girls
the 4-IT camp. One of the highlights of the program was swimming
instruction given by a Red Cross director. Nine of the women
and 31 girls earned swimming certificates.
7. The council for a number of years has had as one of its goals, the
establishments of a camp or group recreational center. This year the dream was
realized in the purchase of a piece of property that seemed almost made to order
for this purpose. The ca p as purchased consists of 8 three-room and bath cot-
tages, a dining room-kitchen, and a store room. These are located in a grove
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:- afpines near the Gulf with good swim-ing and a private pier for fishing. The
different Home Deironstratibo clubs took the responsibility for getting the
cottages in good shape for rental as this is to be the method of ftiancing,
ra retails during the season, when n'dt- used by groups. Each cottage was 'adopted by
one or more clubs, these being assigned by drawing lots. And what was done with
a-.::ittle paint, and the ingeenuity of the Home Demonstration members and the help
of their husbands has been almost unbelievable. One of the county's former
odunt.y council presidents is manager. She and her husband live on the grounds
. : in.-one.of, the cottages. The purchase, of course, was on credit, so thle council
does not yet claim full ownership. The first payment, however, due i'n T1ay was
*paid in:full and on'time and members feel no doubt, 'ut that they will 'be able
to meet payments as due and that they really do have a car-p they can call their
own, which they feel is one of their greatest achievements.
'- Respectfully submitted,
Mrs. E. Bever, President
Mrs. Alfred "'yllie, Delegate.
S- POLK COUNTY
The Senior Council of Ebme Demonstration clubs of Polk County sends greet-
ings to the State Council and wishes to submit the following report of the act-
ivities of 1940-41.
1. Our Council is composed of 8 Senior-Hcme Dem.onstration-Clubs. Has
held 4 regular meetings with good attendance.: These meetings were held in' the
various communities of the County with the local club as hostess. A short
entertainment program was given at each meeting by the-hostess. club '
2.. Our club wamen are carrying- ob Home Demonstration work as outlined in
our. Program of fork for the year. Our slogan: "Better Farm Family Living'
Thro'ui tTe Improvement of the House and Surroundings,."
3. A continuation of study and demonstrations in nutrition, food conser-
vation and clothing.
4, Special attention is being given to Exterior Beautification. Plantings
discussed, and demonstrations given for cuttings,'budding and grafting; by Club
members and our Home Demonstraetion Y.gent.
5. The Council contributess to the T rgaret Pryor ScholarsI.ip, which is
given to a Polk County 4-H Club girl for her freshman year at Florida State
College. Three girls are no attending college who have *heen helped by'this
Some achievements since June, 1940:
1. Our Council paid the expenses of two 'full-time delegates to the 'State
Council in June, 1940~ -
2. A great deal of interest has developed in our Home Demonstration wbrk
St.y the Home Demonstration Arent over WIUK, aid by our club meetings and' result
*. Paid State Council dues. B8ve been affiliated with t'ie Federation of
-lWomen's Clubs and paid dues to same.'
4. Assisted the Home Demonstration Agent with the 4-H Achievement Day and
Dress Revue with more than 200 entries.
5. Held Three-jarContest at the October Council I meeting in Bartow. Prizes
were given to the individuals.
6. Held a curb-market sale and Christmas bazaar, netting our Council
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S7. The Council has co-operated in every way possible -;ith 4-H Club v:ork
in .this County and always ready to assist our Home Demonstration Agent where
called on. "
8. Assisted in planning the Conty program of Home Demonstration work for
9. Have stressed the keeping of individual record books o.'d proper use of
bulletins, placed in book form and indexed.
j 10. Planting more decorative frnit ,trees and using more citrus products,
1, Thrift E::hibit held at Camp miller ,at June Council meeting. A splendid
12,. Have given special attention to planning storage spaces in the 7o-es
of our Club women.
15. One nevw Club has been added to our ,Council in 1941. :.
14. The Council held its first flower show on Saturday, iay 2, at Lakeland
Sorosis Club in connection i\;th 4-H Achievement Day. Exhibits were excellent in
quality and satisfactory in number.
S: Respectfully submitted,
I rs. J. B. Griffin, President
The Putnam County Council of Home Demonstration Clubs sends greetings to
the State staff and Senior Council and submits the following report of.&ptivi-
ties during the year of 1940-41:
Our council is co-.posed of seven.senior Home Demonstration clubs., It has
held its regular quarterly.meetings with an average attendance,of 45, These
meetings are held with a different club each timr acting'as hostess. For lunch
.each person brings a covered dish. .
.II Achievements. .. ,
a. Paid the expenses of the council.president and a delegate to..State
Council i meeting in June 1940.
b. Ccrapiled Council Record books showing activities of t' e.year,
c. Paid State Council dues., ;
d,. In connection with the October Council FIeeting, t e Three-Jar Contest
was held with 10 entries. I iss 7ollo:ay, District Agent, was with us and was
one of the judges for the contest.
e. Have admitted two newly organized clubs to t'le Council.
f. Have cooperated with the Eome Demonstration agent in the cotton mat-
tress project and the cormort project acting as chairman for the latter,in the
different corrimunities. Two' hundred fifty-seven mattresses ha-e been ,.;de and
two hundred twenty-five co.forts so far.
g. Iave acted as s ,onsor of the 4-H Clubs and have assisted them in rais-
ing funds :for 4-H Camp and Short Course.
h. In our county programs this year, we have e phasized food preparation,
nutrition and health. Tiss Sikes was guest speaker a:t our January Cou:ncil leet-
ing on this subject,. .. .
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i. As the main feature of our April Council meetiAg we had Ir. Fall, a
representative ofFurpee ca* Sealer Company give a de onstration on canning veg-
aonprali oh caning veg-
1dtables in tlhcans. eop l from-v various organizations were invited t'4 attend
this meeting. : -o "o : i .-' F- -: '
.. ..., .. Respectfully submitted,
Mrs, Annie Ferrell, President
Mrs. Gertie' -alverson, Delegate.
SANTA ROSA COUIlTY
Santa Rosa County Senior Council sends greetings to you wishes to submit
the following report.
1. The Council has had three regular and one Call meeting this year.
2. Sponsored a Tri-County Health..Unit 'alton, Okaloosa, and Santa Rosa
Counties, which will become effective this fall.
3. Sponsored Leadership School for 4-H Club girls which meets quarterly.
4. Asked the Co-nty Commissioners for an appropriation for demonstration
purposes for 4-H Club work, which has been promised and will be included in
5. The lighting specialist of the Gulf Power Company gave a demonstration
for rural homes. e felt that this was very fitting as a large majority of the
rural people had just received electricity through the R.E.A.
6. In order to assist the Agent the Council voted.that each Club be re-
sponsible for a radio program to be given over the Farm and Home Hour from
W.0.C.A. once each month.
7. The Council also assisted in:the mattress program. :Council delegates
a 'and club .women aeted as-e leaders and ;helped .others. toimake the mattress ticks
and mattress, Twelve hundred have been.made to.date, and about that uany more
are to be made. The Council has also pledged to help in making the comforts.
8. Council sponsored school lunch program, urgin, all schools to make this
9. Council has sponsored the Live-at-Honme Program, urging each Council
delegate to stress in their Clubs the value of fruits, gardens, milk, eggs and
poultry on every farm this year. Also better storage of canned and dried foods.
10, Council sponsored a county-wide Flower Show; Theme "!ore flowers for
rural homes," which was very successful. Entries were made from all sections
of the county in both the specimen and artistic arrange!..ents. Also ekch club
was asked for special educational features, roadside beautification, etc.
11. Council will hold a Cotton Dress Revue and 'cooperating with Cotton
Star.p program, will be held after the stamps are available to rural people.
12. At each Council meeting there were representatives from other educat-
ional and home-making agencies; and Farm Security Supervisors and Eome Economics
teachers in the county were present at every meeting and on program, and we were
glad to have Viss Ethyl Holloway from Extension Staff. at Tallahassee aith us.
Hiss Eolloway gave us much advice, information and inspiration to carry on.
W.e have also had our County Superintendent and principal of one of our
largest schools to be on our program. In this way we felt we could understand
relating agencies and their program of work which they were carrying on.
13. Last but not least, Council was much disturbed when new county Commis-
sioners at their February meeting, discharged our Home Demonstration agent and
planned on doing away with Home Demonstration work. The women in all organized
clubs and others were much disturbed. Council president had a call meeting of
women in the county and all the vomen not only wanted the work continued, but
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wanted our same Home Demonstration agent, and Council was instructed to have a
mass meeting of women to appeear before County :Coumissioners at next meeting and
that our Council President make a speech to .the Commissioners. Over 400 women
were present and as a result Home Demionstration work restored in the county
and our own agent retained.
Gladys Hudson, President
SD OL COUNTY
The Seminole Council of Home Demonstration "Tomen sends greetings and wishes
to bring the following report:
Since the last annual report, the County Council of Home Demonstration has
held four regular quarterly meetings. The meetings were well attended by
Council members fro. the four active 1omen's Home Demonstration Clubs .of the
One of our members 'tas elected to state office. !.rs, B. R. Gray of Long-
wood is Treasurer of the State Council and Chairman of the College Scholarship
:Some of the activities of the County Council during this period have been:
1, Kelped'sponsor sending 35 4-H Club girls to Camp i'oQuarrie, one of the
State 4-H Clubs ca.c-s, in June 1941.
2. Helped sponsor scholarships to Short Course for 15 club girls in June,
3. Sponsored e. County 5-jar Canning Contest in September, 1940. Fifteen
women ent-ered i; the Courntv Contost; Trs. S. E. ITorwood of Lake I onroe and .rs,
Liula oran of Geneva tied for 1st place.
4. The Council h.d a. ropr setative on the Toman's Civid Com.ittee of the
Chamber of Commerce during the past year. The -President of the Sanford Home
Demonstration Club, frs. J. O. Andes, Jr., also is a member in regular attend-
.'' The Cou:ncil is contributing 4.00 again this year t the State Home
*' demonstration Counci 1 College Scholarship fund.
6. Sponsored ei.:,hiits in the Senrnole County Fair and the Central Florida
E-'"osition in Orlando in February. '
7. householdd Te::tiles has been thb subject receiving most emphasis this
year with the assistance of iss Clorine Pelcher, extension Sio-ecialist in
Clothing and Textiles. In January a county-v;ide meeting was held where three
sets of curtains were planned and; wrell-started t-ward co'pletjon. Some of the
Results of this work was shown Ct a county council meetigi and household Tex-
tiles Tou-r when I iss Belcher returi.ed .to our county in A,;'ril. homes having
s. plendid result der:onstrat ions were visited.
'.. 8, Toi.e Demonstration sponsored the ann ual aome D'epartment eetinj of the
SaUnford .roman's Club in April with a cdemronstr..tion and tfaling-picture on'
"Better Lighlting for betterr F.eeing".
9. The County Council of -ome rd i'onstration to.3ther with the Sanford
omien's Club sponsored a meeting viith I s. T" 7 att of Lon!d:n, President of
the Associated Countr.ry 'orne1,. of the U'orld, s guest speaker. This was an en-
joyable privilege -s Lid opportunity for our '.!omen.
10. The Council -i.uai;n;-ains a.'. ehIb.r-snip in the Obunty ',dler3.'t. on of ';oman's
Clubs and actsvily sponsors all work.
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11. Considerable work is being c'one by individual Home Demonstration Clubs
at all day work meetings and by individual members for Bundles for Britain.
12. To get more complete reports of its members' Home Demonstration work,
the Council has set up a system of leaders in each phase of work as clothing
leader, etc. to whom all members report on that phase. Very good results are
being achieved and even better are anticipated another year.
13. The Council activelysponsored the Annual County 4-H Achievement Day
held hay 17, 1941. Each club had volunteer members who assumed definite as-
signed duties to make the day a success.
S-rs. Lula foran, President
The Suwannee County Senior Eome Demonstration Council sends greetings to
the State Council and wishes to submit the following report:
The Council meets quarterly in Live Oak and is composed of a president
and one elected delegate from each of nine active clubs. These clubs are repre-
sentative of eighteen different communities in the county.
Following is a brief surn ary of the work being carried on under the super-
vision of the Senior Council:
1. ;The Live Oak urb T market is till in operation and is a continual source
of incor.e in exchange for surplus produce. The curb market committee has paid
the expenses of Eloise Boules, 4-H Club girl to Short Course this year, for
having the best record book on gardens.
2. Three all day meetings .of the council were held at intervals during the
spring, and demonstrations were given by representatives of the Ball Jar Com-
pany, the Kerr Jar Company and the Burpee Can Company.
3. Tiss Anna Fae Sikes, Extension Nutritionist, was with us at our January
meeting and gave a valuable discussion on food value and nutrition. 3iiss Sikes
also talked to several of the clubs and demonstrated cooking an entire meal with
the electric cooker.
4. A tour was made in the early spring to the I'onticello .urser-y which
stimulated interest in home orchards and home beautification.
5. The VIattress Program is being continued 586 mattresses have been
have been .cyopleted.
6. The Council cooperated with the Fair Association in setting up communi-
ty booths at the county fair. Five hundred dollars was won in prize money by
the clubs and individuals. A food conservation booth was set up which included
the Three-Jar Contest.
7. Three school lunch rooms have been sponsored and 2,000 containers of
food have been 'reserved for this purpose.
8. Our annual dress revue was held in Iay with an all-day meeting and lunch-
eon. About 40 women participated in the different divisions which consisted
of best'dress, cotton dress, thrift dress and children's dresses. First, second
and third prizes were awarded in each ;-rvoup.. Prizes were donated by the indi-
vidual clubs. .
9. Our Council has paid Stite Council dues, a scholarship fund and has
contributed to the college 4-H Club room in the Alumni Building.
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10, The R.E.A. program is being continued and additional lines are being
put tp. .
Mrs. E. A. Collins, Sub. President
Sris. A. 7.. Ross, Delegate
The Volusia County Council of Zome Demonstration Clubs has held four regu-
lar meetings during the year. This council consists of six senior clubs, of
which five have been active all year. The county also has twelve organized
4-K Girls cluh's and two communities carrying on individual work with girls.
Projects A beginning has been made on the state-wide mattress program.
Thirty mattresses have been made; material for. 120 is on hand; and our agent
has placed an order for 120 more.
New Activities The Council was offered lessons in basketry and weaving
by t i 't'a'te" T marketing Bureau and several clubs took advantage of this free in-
struction. Our state mY:arket at Holly Hill has lessons in weaving available for
all interested persons.
General Progress The County Council voted to hold their greeting, and
all-day rally at a ifferen' club each time so that more members could get ac-
quainted with each other. A marked increase in the number of clubs represented
Swas evident. One club has sponsored and eq'.ipned a W.P.A. lunch room. -Another
club has take a booth in the Holly Hill market for the- sale of marmalade,
canned goods, needle-w orh and flo.:'rs.
Volusia. County ou oil has had the privilege this last year of hearing from
two Florida State representatives, iss Sthyl Tollomay spoke on National Prob-
lems and the part Home Demonstration plays in them. I is Sikes spoke on
sNuTr'ition for Defense.
: 4-H Girls'- Clubs About twrety-five girls enjoyed a week at oa-rp in July.
At the annual Achievement Day held in DeLand, eleven girls earned the right,
by display of their work and books-, to go to Short Course at Tallahassee.'
Volusia County'Council, by club donation of funds have sent the President
and delegate to Tallahassee. This money was earned in the local clubs by
giving suppers, auctioning off a quilt, selling flowers and vegetables, etc.
The Council has paid its state and scholarship dues.
i'rs. E. J. ,.arshall, President
f rs. Anna C,. Sprig,, Delegate.
Greetings The Taylor County Senior Home Demonstration Council wishes to
submit the following report.
This has been a great year in Home Demonstration >ork for Taylor County.
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Three new clubs have been organized, making a total of twelve clubs in the
Tha first six months of the Council year were used for studying meal pre-
paration and food conservation. In the past six months we worked on yard im-
provement, interior decoration and remodeling old homes, TJe are trying to see
that every rural home has screens and sanitary toilets.
ie greatly appreciate the demonstration given by liss Belcher on Clothing
and Textiles. tie had one visit from L iss Isabelle Thursby, Extension Economist
in Food Conservation. '.e also had a visit from the District Home Demonstration
Agent, ihiss Ru'- LoDavid.
;e are canning, drying and preserving most all the food for the family's
use. One thing in particular is milk, so many tii es we fail to have a cow fresh
all the time.
We have set twelve goals, some of which we have already accomplished.
1. Fruit trees set out..........,.,.l00
2, Food canned... ................ 10000 jars.
3. Chickens hatched,...............7000
4. Chickens sold.............. ..,2500
5. 3ggs sold.......s.................1000 dozen
6. Yards i-mproved... .................150
Goals for 1941
a. Adequate milk supply
b. Adequate meat supply
c. Beef in every pantry
d. Year around garden
e. Improved orchards
P. 95 .ars"of canned foods for every member of the family
g. Better screening
h. Every home have sanitary toilets
i. Electricity in every home
j, Better ':nouledgo of clothing selection
S k. Better use of s-LCl:s etc.
1. Eow to remodel clothing
m. Better methods of bee-keeping
The I attress Program is under way. One hundred and fifty-two have been
made to date. *Three hundred and thirty-two will'be made.
The plan of work :'or *the coming year was _iven at the January Council
meeting. Fiss 1 oDavid, District Home Demonstration A ;ent, gave a very interest-
ing summary of the goals to be acco::plished.
At the last' Council meeting a health program vas given by the County
.eiAlth Dactor and County iurse. 'e feel this is a very much needed project in
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We are to form a Junior County Council this month and let them meet with
the Senior Council in July and give a report of their work at Short Course, and
also'their plan of ;,ork for the coming year.
Te al hys have several booths at the county fair. Prizes totaling eight
hundred dollars were 1won last year.
-.. *...* Resp.;-ctfully submitted,
'Irrs. J. E. Fife, President
lirs. I able J.enkins, Delegate
The *alton County Council of Hone Demonstration Clubs wishes *to make the
Realizing the importance of the home as the first line of defense and the
Slive-at-home program of home demonstration work as fundamental to a National
S Defense Program; the council accepted the challenge of Miss Harriet Elliott,
of the National Defense Commission who said, "Our job is to make America strong.
SWe stand 130 million people, we must be strong. StronLer.in body, steadier in
nerve and surer in living".
With the assistance of our state s:ecialist,'Miss Isabelle Thursby, who
has attended our council meetings during the year and given us valuable infor-
mation and inspiration, we have e:-tended our live-at-home program to include
more food and feed for family needs.
The council has cooperated with other agricultural agencies, through the
/ Land Use Planning Council for carrying on a well-planned program of agriculture
for Walton County,
Council members have assisted the Surplus Commodity and AAA programs by
supervising the making of mattresses and comforts for the 1500 farm families
eligible for these surplus commodities.
The council will assist the local Red Cross Chapter in making garments for
aiding those in need at home and abroad as soon as the material is available.
A joint meeting of the 4-H Club Council and the Home Demonstration Council
held jist after Short Course gave each organization a chance to hear the
reports, and a better understanding of the work of each organization was gained.
Since then representatives have attended both council meetings.,,
The council sent delegates to the Farmer's Institute at Camp Timpoochee
held in July. Interesting reports were made telling of the splendid.program
offered to the rural people of '"stFFlorida by State textnsion Service.,
Talton County club girls and boys gave a preview of the.picture of the
year, "Gone With The "ind", on the evening program at the Institute,
Increased interest in home building and yard improvement has resulted from
home tours, flower shows, and fair exhibits made during the year.
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The club house at Glendale was dedicated with the celebration of "Family
Night." One night each month is reserved for club members and their families to
enjoy an evening of fun together, Other uses of the building include, 4-H
meetings, Senior club meetings, community recreation, church services and other
meetings of interest to the community.
The Piney Grove Club raised money for a piano for their community church.
This gift has increased the attendance at Sunday School and church and started
a program of community singing. Other clubs have improved church and school
buildings and yards.
The council will assist with the educational program of the Cotton Stamp
Plan. About fifty percent of the farm families will be eligible to participate
in this program in Walton County.
A county health unit will be established in 1'alton County this fall% The
4-H Club girls and woman have been pioneers in health work for many years,
holding health contests, food and nutrition programs, and helping to build
public, opinion for this work throughout the county.
The council has supported the Sheppard Bill which seeks to improve the
moral influence in and around our military camps. Letters were written to con-
gressmen urging them to support the bill.
Scholarship and council dues are paid.
Many farm homes are being wired by R. E. A, at the present time.
Mrs. John Adams, President
Mrs. George Bloomquist, Delegate.